Omega Psi Phi fraternity celebrates 50 years at Auburn

Omega Psi Phi fraternity celebrates 50 years at Auburn

The Sigma Delta chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the chapter’s establishment at Auburn University. Founded on May 19, 1972, the Sigma Delta chapter was the first African American fraternity chartered at a predominately white institution in the state of Alabama. The organization helped pave the way for the establishment of the university’s National Pan-Hellenic Council, or NPHC, and set the tone for what it means to be a black organization at Auburn.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the men of the Sigma Delta chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity for such a historic feat,” NPHC advisor Benard Goins said. “I know their future will be just as bright as their past.”


View a video of well-wishes and congratulations from campus leaders.

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In Memoriam: Ford Rosser

Auburn University will remember student Ford Rosser beginning Wednesday, May 11.

A memorial flag will fly in front of Samford Hall on May 11. The flag will then be displayed, along with a memorial certificate, in the Melton Student Center beginning Thursday, May 12.

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Auburn wins SEC Food Fight second year in a row

For the second year in a row, Auburn’s Campus Food Pantry has won the Southeastern Conference, or SEC, Food Fight, an annual competition among SEC food pantries. The competition this year included 12 of the 14 SEC schools.

Through a partnership with the Beat Bama Food Drive, physical and monetary donations were collected from the campus and local communities helping Auburn earn 31,059 points in the competition.

The SEC Food Fight raised $27,728 and collected 3,331 physical items. Every $1 raised and every food or hygiene item donated was worth one point for the competition.

According to Beat Bama Food Drive President Paige Hall, over 1,000 food items were collected from the Auburn community through neighborhood drives, and money was raised through various fundraising opportunities, including restaurant benefit nights. Additionally, student organization presidents took a pie to their faces to help raise funds. Outside of Beat Bama Food Drive efforts, 330 Auburn Family members gave online towards the competition.

“Auburn winning the SEC Food Fight two years in a row proves that we are truly a family,” Auburn Cares coordinator Sarah Grace Kaschak said. “In a family, you help take care of each other, and that is exactly what Auburn continues to do by supporting students in need.”

The Campus Food Pantry’s move to a more centralized campus location in Lupton Hall earlier this year has provided much needed additional space. According to Kaschak, the new location has resulted in an increased number of users.

The funds raised from the competition go directly to buying items to stock the shelves of the Campus Food Pantry. While the money and items collected will be significant support, the Campus Food Pantry strives to provide students with well-balanced nutritious meals, so fresh produce and frozen foods are still needed.

According to Kaschak, donations are only one way to help. She encourages staff members to share what the Campus Food Pantry is to others, whether it be interested students or someone who wants to donate.

“The SEC Food Fight has allowed the Auburn Family to be aware of the resources that Auburn Cares provides to students on campus,” Hall said. “Being food insecure as a student can pose many challenges to learning and being successful in the classroom, and I am thrilled to see how many alumni and current students were willing to donate to help fight food insecurity on campus.”

The Campus Food Pantry will be open for students to utilize during the summer. For more information and updated hours, visit the Auburn Cares website.

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Auburn celebrates Pride Week April 25-29

The Office of Inclusion and Diversity partnered with student organizations and campus departments to celebrate Pride Week during April 25-29.

Spectrum: The Gay Straight-Alliance at Auburn University, or Spectrum, is a student organization with the mission of fostering an environment that is safe and inviting for LGBTQ+ people at Auburn University through education, outreach and community.

Events held throughout the week included Bottled Up with Pride, the showing of “Rent,” Lesbian Visibility Day, Drag Camp and Pride in the Dining Hall.

“It’s important to let people know that they can celebrate pride and they are able to celebrate pride here,” Spectrum member Jordan Merriweather said.

The Office of Inclusion and Diversity works to provide education, programming and campus-wide initiatives that fosters community and equity for gender, sexual and romantic minority communities in support of an inclusive campus community. For more information on these efforts and campus resources, visit the Office of Inclusion and Diversity website.

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Finals week roundup

During the week of finals, students can enjoy free food and study break opportunities across campus.

Up All Night with SGA
Student Government Association will host Up All Night Sunday, May 1 through Thursday, May 5 at midnight on the second floor of the Ralph B. Draughon Library.

Students can enjoy Krispy Kreme doughnuts and a cup of orange juice to fuel their finals craving. Aubie and other special guests will be in attendance throughout the week.

Late Night Pizza sponsored by SGA 
Tiger Dining will hand out limited free pizzas to students on campus Monday, May 1 through Wednesday, May 3. The pizzas are provided by the Student Government Association. Follow Tiger Dining on Instagram for locations and times to receive a pizza.

Melton Student Center study rooms
The Melton Student Center has set aside three rooms for students to use on a first come, first serve basis Saturday, April 30 through Friday, May 6. The available rooms are 2216, 2225 and 2227 Melton Student Center.

Get Movin’ with Moose and Nessie
Join Student Counseling and Psychological Services, or SCPS, for Get Movin’ with Moose and Nessie on Thursday, May 5 at 4 p.m. Enjoy a two-three mile walk with SCPS therapy dogs, Moose and Nessie, around campus.

The group will meet on the concourse outside the Melton Student Center Starbucks.

Campus Rec free group fitness workouts
All students can enjoy free group fitness classes Monday, May 2 through Wednesday, May 4 at Campus Recreation. To secure a spot in class, register via the Auburn Rec app or online.

Recharge, relax and refresh at the Zen Den 
The Zen is available to one person at a time and consists of two rooms. Across both rooms, there is a full-body massage chair, a sleep pod, mats for stretching, meditation and yoga, and computer access for yoga videos, and biofeedback equipment.

“It’s important to take time for self and reduce stress consistently, and it is vital during times of high stress, such as during final exams,” Jan Miller, licensed psychologist and eating concerns treatment team coordinator for Student Counseling & Psychological Services, said. “It’s not uncommon for people to put self-care on the backburner during high stress, but this is when we need self-care the most.”

For more information on the Zen Den, click here.

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Auburn NPHC welcomes new members, reactivates organization

The Auburn University National Pan-Hellenic Council, or NPHC, added 47 new members to the council’s three fraternities and three sororities this spring. Additionally, NPHC welcomed back the Omicron Iota chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho sorority, which was reactivated in April after a 10-year hiatus from campus.

The addition of Sigma Gamma Rho provides students with more opportunities to find a home within Auburn’s Greek community, as well as moves the university closer to having representation from all NPHC organizations. Currently, all but three NPHC organizations are active on campus.

“I am excited to welcome the ladies of Sigma Gamma Rho back to campus along with all of the new members within our council,” NPHC President Dontavious Hill said. “We are one step closer to having the full Divine 9 on campus.”

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2022 Greek Sing raises over $142,000 for Auburn-Opelika Habitat for Humanity

Greek Sing, an annual event presented by the Panhellenic Council, was held Thursday, April 14 in front of a packed Neville Arena crowd. After weeks of practice and preparation, 18 teams of 655 women representing all Panhellenic chapters performed choreographed, themed routines that ranged from “Pajama Party” to “The Loveliest Villains on the Plains.” Last week’s event was open to the public after two years of attendance restrictions put in place to comply with COVID protocols.

The event benefited the Auburn-Opelika Habitat for Humanity, and leading up to the competition, sorority members participated in 220 Habitat build hours and sold more than 4,500 tickets to directly support the charity’s work in the community.

“We are so grateful for another successful year partnering with Habitat for Humanity through Greek Sing,” director of Greek Sing Kelly Moore said. “The competition was especially entertaining this year, and it allowed our community to raise a record-breaking total to be donated to the Auburn-Opelika chapter of Habitat. Panhellenic women continually prove through this philanthropy the profound impact we have as a united community.”

Below is a list of the night’s winners.

  • Alpha Chi Omega, First Place
  • Alpha Delta Pi, Second Place
  • Alpha Omicron Pi, Third Place
  • Alpha Gamma Delta, Fourth Place
  • Chi Omega, Fifth Place
  • Zeta Tau Alpha, Creativity Award
  • Alpha Xi Delta, Director’s Award
  • Pi Beta Phi, President’s Award
  • Alpha Chi Omega, Panhellenic Point Award
  • Sigma Sigma Sigma, First Place Fundraising Award
  • Kappa Alpha Theta, Second Place Fundraising Award
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma, Third Place Fundraising Award

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10th annual Involvement Awards recognizes student organizations, leaders and advisors

Student Involvement hosted the 10th annual Involvement Awards on Tuesday, April 12 to recognize and honor Auburn’s outstanding student organizations, leaders and advisors. There were 56 organizations represented and 11 were honored with awards, and 31 student leaders and five advisors were recognized. The ceremony had over 400 attendees.

Award winners are listed below.

Most Exceptional Campus Organization (Registered Student Organization): Auburn Financial Management Association

Most Exceptional Campus Organization (Student Activity Organization): The Auburn Plainsman

Outstanding New Organization: National Association of Black Accountants

Most Entertaining Campus Event (Registered Student Organization): Diwali | Indian Students Association

Most Entertaining Campus Event (Student Activity Organization): Fall Fest | University Program Council

Excellence in Practical Application: Society for Human Resource Management

Outstanding Incorporation of Diversity & Inclusion: Indian Students Association

Outstanding Cultural Impact: International Student Organization

The Fred & Charlene Kam “Human Touch” Service Award: Beta Alpha Psi

Excellence in Communication & Marketing (Registered Student Organization): African Students Association

Excellence in Communication & Marketing (Student Activity Organization): Eagle Eye TV

The Corey Edwards Advisor of the Year: Mollie Mathis

Student Leader of the Year: Tyler Ward, Will Levant, Cameron Morgan, Mimi Meadows and Chidinma Lucy Odili

Be the Creed honorees: Bailee Sneed, Cody Diemont, Elizabeth Talmadge, Julia Palazzolo, Katherine Lightfoot, Madeline Howard, Maria Buitrago Diaz, Monica Bashir, Reed Silver and Sarah Jones

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Donation Station makes donation drives easier for students

This semester, the Melton Student Center added the Donation Station to help improve the way student organizations host supply drives on campus. The new freestanding station replaces individual bins that groups previously had to bring themselves and put in place. The station is located near the James E. Foy Information Desk on the second floor of the Melton Student Center.

With the permanent structure, there are two available spaces for groups to reserve. Student organizations are simply asked to bring a flyer highlighting their supply drive and periodically check their space and empty it as needed.

Melton Student Center reservations manager Kathryn-Ruth Sasser helped bring the Donation Station to life after becoming impressed with a similar initiative located in the student union at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

For Sasser, one of her favorite aspects of the Donation Station is the flexibility it provides for student organizations.

“Groups can collect pretty much anything in the station,” Sasser said.

Items that could be collected include clothes, feminine products, prepackaged food and school supplies.

According to Sasser, the Donation Station will help student organizations because it is a one-stop shop.

“Instead of having to provide a bin, make sure the bin looks nice, deliver the bin and check the bin, student organizations can just reserve a spot in the station,” Sasser said.

Student organizations are asked to reserve the Donation Station for one to two weeks, but Sasser says the reservations team is happy to work with those who are interested in hosting long term drives. The Donation Station can be reserved year-round but is not available when Auburn University is closed.

Student organizations that are interested in hosting a supply drive or would like more information can contact the Melton Student Center reservations team at 334-844-1320 or

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Second annual SEC Food Fight April 8-21

The Campus Food Pantry is looking to defend their title as the inaugural Southeastern Conference, or SEC, Food Fight champions during the second annual competition amongst SEC food pantries. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate April 8-21, as every donated dollar, food and hygiene item goes toward the fight against food insecurity.

Earlier this year, the Campus Food Pantry moved to a more centralized campus location in Lupton Hall providing more opportunities and much needed space. According to Auburn Cares coordinator Sarah Grace Kaschak, the new location has resulted in an increased number of users.

“We’ve had a large increase in users and could really use assistance in stocking the shelves to support our students experiencing food insecurity,” Kaschak said. “We are so excited to compete and receive donations for the Campus Food Pantry.”

To help raise funds and needed items, the Campus Food Pantry and Beat Bama Food Drive have partnered together to involve campus and community members.

The Beat Bama Food Drive provides multiple involvement opportunities, including a neighborhood collection drive, a grocery store donation day and five benefit nights at local restaurants. In addition to these efforts, Beat Bama Food Drive team members will be on the Haley Concourse raising funds for the competition.

To support the Campus Food Pantry in the SEC Food Fight, click here. Food and hygiene items can be dropped off at 1115 Melton Student Center.

Participating schools include the University of Alabama, the University of Arkansas, Auburn University, the University of Florida, the University of Georgia, the University of Kentucky, Mississippi State University, the University of Mississippi, the University of Missouri, Vanderbilt University, the University of South Carolina and the University of Tennessee.

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